The Royal Tea Rooms is a vintage Tea shop in the most unlikely place, it’s in an area of social deprivation and large scale unemployment, but as unlikely as this may seem it is all in God’s plan.
We were given the vision for the tea rooms over a period of 2/3 months, where we heard from the Lord that He wanted to transform the area and change the culture to bring in His kingdom, by treating the people of the local area with love and respect and in the way Jesus would. We see this as a prophetic act, treating them as royalty as their Father in heaven wants them in the Royal family.
Those of us involved have no experience in catering, and did not even have a desire to set up a tea shop or anything similar, but we knew so clearly that God was telling us to do it we had no option, and having set up the project within 4 months after getting the initial vision, whilst still employed in our day jobs, and without any sense of stress that would normally come with a business setup, we know the hand of God was on it.
When we first spoke of the vision to Anna, at Loaves n Fishes, she said “take a look at some furniture in a lock up and take what you want”. We had no idea that 90% of what we needed in terms of tables and chairs in a vintage style would come from that one visit, God had set the furniture aside in advance and was waiting for us to catch up. There are many other testimonies where that one came from that I cannot include here.
We have been open since the beginning of August, for three days a week, and every day has a different story. We recognise the presence of God in the place and have been privileged to be a part of His amazing story and see Him at work every day. We have had people come in and experience healing just by being there, we have had someone struggling with alcohol find that the peace that they felt in the Tea shop did not leave them all week and stopped drinking all week, there have been many encounters with the local young people where we have loved them and spoken truths into their lives where neglect is more common.
We open Mondays Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and hope to open more days and for longer hours as and when we get extra volunteers to help out, and in the mean time we thank God that we are able to see His hand at work. If you wish to visit we are in situated at 65 Hanover Road, Rowley Regis B65 8BT.